Welcome to your one-stop shop for all the relevant UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday. It didn’t take long for UGA to find itself a new defensive line coach.
UGA hires Tray Scott to coach defensive line
Well, that opening didn’t last long. Only a day after parting ways with defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, Kirby Smart found a replacement. Tray Scott is leaving the same position at Ole Miss — a job he’d only had for seven weeks after leaving his former job as UNC DL coach — to head up the defensive front in Athens.
This video from UNC athletics will give you an idea of the young, energetic coach Georgia landed:
It’s difficult to gauge how good of a coach a guy is from a five-minute clip, but I liked what I saw from Scott in it. He looked like a teacher out there and seemed to have good rapport with his players. And if your players like you, then they’re going to listen to you. That youth and energy should also serve him well on the recruiting trail. It’s no secret that young coaches can relate better to recruits than old ones. A good bit of youth on a coaching staff is always needed.
When the Scott news broke Wednesday, the UGA blogosphere went deep into what the Bulldogs will be getting. So, instead of letting the link to all that great work get muddled down below with other UGA links in “ICYMI,” I figured I’d share some of the best analysis and reporting right here.
DawgNation‘s Seth Emerson spoke with 2017 JUCO recruit and former Georgia target Larrell Murchison, who was recruited by Scott at UNC. Murchison eventually signed with UNC.
“They’re definitely getting a good one,” Murchison said. “Just being recruited by him the last month, I could tell what kind of person he was. Definitely a great dude to work with.”
“I’ve spent a lot of time watching him and the kids love him. He’s really hands-on, he’s involved and he gets as sweaty as the kids are,” Jones said. “He looks like a player. He gets down in there, he does drills with them and he shows them stuff. He’ll get down in a four-point stance and he’ll hit the dummy like he’s competing for a starting job.”
Kipp Adams of Dawgs247 spoke with Nathan O’Neal, a defensive line trainer who has had players recruited by Scott, about Scott’s pedigree and how he’ll fit into Smart’s defensive system.
“That’s a great hire. Coach Scott, number one, he comes from one of the best defensive line coaches of all time as his mentor, and that is Pete Jenkins,” O’Neal said. “Coach Jenkins has developed so many guys who are currently defensive line coaches in college football and the NFL.”
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“Kirby Smart, as a defensive coordinator at Alabama, had defensive line coaches with Pete Jenkins ties,” O’Neal said. “So, everything they want to do defensively, coach Scott has learned from the best source in how to develop guys for that system. It’s a perfect fit.”
Make sure you take some time to check out all of these. There’s just too much good info to put in a single post.
Yo, he’s got a point
Class of 2017 and future Ole Miss linebacker Breon Dixon had some choice words for Scott when he left the program after only seven weeks on the job:
How come the NCAA doesn't make coaches sit out a year when flipping teams outta no where but players do ??
— Breon Dixon (@Breondixon_4) February 8, 2017
UGA golfer named to Hogan Award watch list
Georgia senior golfer Greyson Sigg was named to the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, presented to the top college golfer in a given year. In the fall portion of UGA’s campaign, Sigg averaged 69.58 for 18 holes and and finished top 10 in three of the four tournaments he participated. Chris Kirk is the only Bulldog to ever claim the Hogan Award, winning it in 2007.
Georgia's Greyson Sigg has been named to the Hogan Award Watch List.
— Georgia Golf (@UGAGolf) February 8, 2017
UGA begins its spring portion of the schedule on Feb. 19 at the Puerto Rico Classic.
Lady Dogs face Kentucky on Thursday
The Kentucky Wildcats travel to Athens to face off with the Lady Dogs basketball team Thursday. Georgia is on a two-game winning streak, including a momentous win against Tennessee, the first for UGA since 2010, the last time out. The Bulldogs will need another top performance from Caliya Robinson to beat the 16-8 Wildcats. Robinson won the espnW National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week for her games vs. Arkansas and Tennessee, in which she averaged 24 points.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum.
- Aubrey Solomon’s mother is ‘ticked off’ at the Tracy Rocker rumors (Jeff Sentell, DawgNation)
- New Hall of Fame member Terrell Davis ‘loved his time at Georgia’ (Chip Towers, DawgNation)
- Georgia depth chart analysis: Cornerbacks and star (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
- Sam Pittman credited for UGA’s recruiting haul on O-line (Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald)
- Caliya Robinson, Lady Bulldogs showed what they are capable of in win against Tennessee (Nicole Saavedra, Athens Banner-Herald)
- Mark Fox: Georgia could change offensive approach due to turnover woes (Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph)
- Malcolm Mitchell caps decade of football with Super Bowl championship (Brandon Sudge, Macon Telegraph)
- Coveted 2018 DB Myles Sims feels comfortable around UGA staff (Kipp Adams, Dawgs247)
Just look at that form:
People swarm to this swimming spot to see this man and his dog's synchronized dives ? pic.twitter.com/Kb0bo1nz8j
— The Animal Spot (@AnimalSpotVideo) February 8, 2017